Pyramus and Thisbe


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Pyramus and Thisbe

(pĭr`əməs, thĭz`bē), in classical mythology, youth and maiden of Babylon, whose parents opposed their marriage. Their homes adjoined, and they conversed through a crevice in the dividing wall. On a night when they had arranged to meet at the tomb of Ninus, Thisbe, who was the first at the trysting place, was frightened by a lion with jaws bloody from its prey. As she fled, she dropped her mantle, which was seized by the lion. When Pyramus came, the torn and bloody mantle convinced him that she had been slain. He killed himself, and Thisbe, returning, took her own life with his sword. The white fruit of a mulberry tree that stood at the trysting place was dyed red with Pyramus' blood, and the fruit was ever after the color of blood.

Pyramus and Thisbe

thinking lover mauled, Pyramus kills himself; upon discovery, Thisbe does likewise. [Rom. Lit.: Metamorphoses]
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Both Pyramus and Thisbe expressed the pain of separation and completed suicide to escape this pain (and in anticipation of reunion).
No single actor will be allowed to dominate A Midsummer Night's Dream, and this philosophy is confirmed by the collective reaction to the performance of Pyramus and Thisbe.
In both Pyramus and Thisbe plays the sinnekens provide essential background information: they introduce the characters and the plot (eg, Antwerp Pyramus ende Thisbe 101-64), indicate the passing of time and the change of place (as when they announce daybreak and Thisbe's arrival at Ninus's grave in Haarlem Piramus en Thisbe 330-43), and narrate and elucidate on- and offstage action (for instance, they describe the arrival of the lion and how he gnaws and bloodies Thisbe's head-gear in Antwerp Pyramus ende Thisbe 1234-54).
He was national president of the Association of Building Engineers and the founding chairman of the Party Wall Pyramus and Thisbe Club.
Many of Dante's Ovidian-inspired myths, including that of Pyramus and Thisbe, are best interpreted in light of those traditions.
Three subsequent essays offer rich considerations of the rhetoricians' formal literary techniques and influences, from consideration of the role of allegory in the morality plays (spele van sinnen) and the impact of classical exempla to the various interpretations of Ovid's famed story of Pyramus and Thisbe.
By the time Peter Quince and his band of actors performed their 'play' at the lovers' wedding feast I doubt there was a single person in the audience who wasn't in ts of laughter; the Pyramus and Thisbe scene is hilarious.
How else could one explain the true essence of the sublime coming from such works as Landscape with a Man Killed by a Snake (National Gallery, London), Pyramus and Thisbe (Stadelsches Kunstinstitut und Staidtische Galerie, Frankfurt) and the Landscape with Three Monks, known as 'La Solitude' (Palace of the President of the Republic of Serbia, Belgrade)?
Borges, travels upriver with Rose, a sturdy no-nonsense woman with dragonfly wings, and two winged children named Pyramus and Thisbe, and meets a host of other characters.
So exclaims Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream when he suddenly comes upon a group of artisans who are rehearsing the play Pyramus and Thisbe for Duke Theseus's wedding celebration.
Hot on the tail of I Fagiolini in the Warwick Festival, Opera Restor'd flounced into town with William Boyce's classical Peleus and Thetis and J F Lampe's boisterous Pyramus and Thisbe.
At another point--in a revision of the Pyramus and Thisbe story--she inadvertently trades places with the slave girl Thisbe when both women have been hidden in a cave by their respective masters.